Many successful businesses often say hiring an outsourcer or virtual assistant is more difficult than meeting them face-to-face.
True enough, the Internet and the lack of physical presence makes it difficult to determine a candidate’s work ethic and excellence. However, by asking the right questions, you can determine these factors and hire the right talent for your team.
Here is a list of questions to help you find the cream of the crop from all your applicants.
Five Things About Their Previous Profession
Going straight for it is one way. Ask five things about the candidates’ previous profession that they really liked and definitely disliked. In doing so, you can understand their depth of knowledge in their work, professional priorities and time management, and their personality and attitude in different phases.
Have Them Present a Solution to a Difficult Situation
True enough, most businesses will resort to immediate work environment examinations because it is easy to do so with outsourcers and VAs. However, you can create the conditions of a certain work environment situation and have them provide a solution on the spot.
This will help you reveal either an excellent employee good at their job but fails to adapt or a lacklustre employee who has adequate skill but learns to adapt and strives to learn. Additionally, you’ll learn how they handle situations — whether they blame themselves or other team members — that reveals their weakness
Ask About Their Long-Term Plans
This is the typical “where do you see yourself in 5-10 years” question. However, make sure to ask how they plan to achieve this long-term vision, which reveals much about their work ethic and if they fit the vacant role in your company.
Interview Character References (Where Possible)
Some employers often forego this process simply because they need all the possible hands on deck. This is understandable. However, if you’re working with someone you regret hiring, you may have avoided it by interviewing their character references.
Often, these former colleagues will try to shine light upon their former employees. However, if they grew weary of your questions, they can reveal something that tells you about your candidate’s true colours.
Their Finest Hour at Work
Ask what your outsourcer or VA found amazing in their previous job. In doing so, they can tell you about two things in common:
One: he or she found their previous workplace a professionally-satisfying experience but had chosen to leave it because it lacks growth which they craved throughout.
Two: the candidate found amazing amenities at work especially their food and remote workplace allowance.
Candidate number two is certainly not excellent for the role if they prioritise something as perks rather than professional growth that proportionally elevates your company’s growth.
Forced negative questions show you how humble or egotistic your candidate can be. For example, “why shouldn’t I hire you?” will reveal the candidate’s awareness about their weaknesses and tell you how they aim to resolve it.
These negative questions can catch your interviewee off-guard and reveal their true nature, which tells so much about their work ethic and capability.
The Finest Candidates Help You Avoid Outsourcing Pitfalls
A candidate’s previous performance tells a lot about how he or she will do working for you. True enough, you can find a golden-skilled employee with the attitude of a bull.
When it comes to employees, a balance of skill, proper motivation, and dedication to their work is extremely important. By shaking them down to their roots with these questions, you’re on the right track to finding the perfect employee for your business.